AstroSchool Cohort Winter 2019


Welcome to AstroSchool Winter 2019! We are thrilled to have you as part of the cohort. Take a minute and introduce yourself:

  1. What is your name where are you located?
  2. What is your background?
  3. What, where, and who do you teach?
  4. What are you passionate about?
  5. Do you have social media accounts that you’d be willing to share so others from the cohort may connect with you (Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook)?
  6. Upload a picture of yourself (optional but recommended).

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Hi everyone! My name is Lindsey Henderson. I spent 15 years teaching Mathematics and Science at East High School in Salt Lake City School District before joining the Because Learning team as the Director of Learning! I am passionate about inquiry, hands-on, and collaborative teaching methodologies to create life-long STEM-learners. I also love cats! I live in Salt Lake City with my wife, daughter, son, and kittens.

You can find me on the following social media platforms:

Twitter: @flippyfeets
Instagram: @flippyfeets


Hey there Astro Tribe!! My name is Becky Fritchie! I’m in my 9th year of teaching Science and Math at Spanish Lake Primary School in Geismar, Louisiana. You can learn a little more about me from my digital resume. I am passionate about space exploration education, STEM, and passion-driven learning through inquiry and hands-on learning experiences. I enjoy spending quality time with my husband of 16 years and my two boys (15 and 5).

You can find me on:
Twitter: @mrsfritchie


Hi @Becky.Fritchie–we are so happy to have you in our cohort!


Hi Everyone! So excited to be working with this group and glad to see we have some familiar faces like Becky Fritchie in this cohort!

My name is Sunny Washington and I’m the CEO of Because Learning. I’ve been working with education focused companies for over 17 years now and I’m very passionate about supporting our teachers.

I live in the SLC, UT area with my husband, 2 daughters, and 2 dogs.

You can find me on Twitter at @sunnywash

Thanks for participating in this program and we look forward to having fun with you guys this month!


Hi! I’m Debbie Rudtke and I live and teach in Alachua, Florida. Alachua is located in north central FL near Gainesville and the University of Florida! I’m married with 2 kids (my daughter is 21 and my son is 17 - so they are barely “kids” anymore!).

I’m currently in my 13th year of teaching and am teaching 4th grade (all subjects) this year. I spent 16+ years as a Research Scientist in the NYC area prior to becoming a teacher - I have a master’s degree in surface chemistry and specialized in the formulation of emulsions for skin care and pharmaceutical products. I have a passion for science and careers in science and I want my students to leave my classroom with at least an appreciation of but hopefully an interest in science and math.

You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, and on Twitter as @debrudtke


Welcome Debbie, I’m excited to have you participating in AstroSchool!


Hi Becky! Nice to “meet you”! I LOVE space exploration too! I’m looking forward to learning here with you!


Hello and happy new year!
I am Kevin Cocco from Cottonwood Heights (Salt Lake City suburb)
I lead the technology group at Because Learning, working in education technology for 9+ years. Not a teacher (hats off of to you all, super respect) I do lead teacher workshops and and enjoy when I lead direct student teaching.
Many interests: space, gardening experiments, IoT, renewable energy, being in the mountains,…
twitter sometimes and that’s about all @kcocco
Picture of my lovely wife, cute dog and I to follow
Look forward to working with everyone!


Thanks! I’m excited too!


and Becky, I just checked out your digital resume and I was at Space Camp in 2017 too! It was an amazing experience and I totally geeked out!


Hello! My name is Keri Book. I am the science specialist for the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Currently I work with K-12 science teachers across northwest Arkansas, but before that, I taught physical science, chemistry and AP chemistry in southeast Arkansas. I am passionate about authentic learning. You can’t do science without DOING science!


Hi! I’m Ginger Boyd. I have taught 4th grade math and science at Slocomb Elementary School in Slocomb, Alabama for 14 years. I love teaching. It was a second career for me. I was a social worker for 12 years before teaching. I am passionate about teaching math and science. I love science! I also went to space camp and I thought it was an awesome experience!me%20pic


Hi there! My name is Debbie Morgan. I teach students in rural Utah, grades 9-12, earth science, chemistry, physics, and investigation science. I’ve been teaching secondary science for 16 years- my educational background is mainly geology. I’m also the secondary technology coach and Canvas LMS administrator for my school district. I am passionate about science and keeping curiosity alive in my students. I also believe that teaching is the best profession in the world! You can find me at @DebbieSciTech or


Welcome Keri! I love “you can’t learn science without doing science”! :heart:


Welcome Ginger! I’m excited to have you participating in AstroSchool!


Hi Debbie! Welcome to AstroSchool—I’m so excited to have another Geologist in the cohort!


Hi Everyone! My name is Olga Granat. I live in Valparaiso, Indiana which is located about 50 miles from Chicago. I am an Instructional Technology Integration Coordinator and work with teachers and students in my district. I also volunteer as a board member for our public library system and an after school middle school STEAM club. I am passionate about the empowerment of learning. You can find me on Twitter: @ogranat.


Hi Olga, I’m thrilled that your expertise is represented in AstroSchool!


Hi Lindsey,

I am looking forward to learning with the group!